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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Vettel flies as Webber Marks time

He’s going to take some catching…

Sebastian Vettel cruised to the 11th victory of his F1 career in the 2011 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park as Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber was disappointed to do no better than match his previous best result of fifth in his home race.

A delighted Vettel finished at Albert Park for the first time and excitedly laid hands on the trophy he has coveted ever since he started coming to Australia – though it wasn’t what he was hoping for.

Vettel Streaks into Title Lead

World Champion Sebastian Vettel has won the 2011 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix for Red Bull-Renault at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Australia’s Mark Webber was fifth in the second Red Bull, equalling his best result in his home race.

Vettel started from pole and was never headed through the 58-lap race, beating McLaren-Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton by over 22 seconds to take the 11th Grand Prix victory of his career and his first in Australia.

Webber draws first blood

Australia’s Mark Webber has made a point by topping the timing charts in the opening free practice session of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship at Albert Park.

The Red Bull Racing star left it till the final seconds of the 90-minute session to clock his personal best of 1 minute 26.831 secs, getting the better of team-mate and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel by three-tenths of a second on an overcast day in Melbourne.

Full session report follows…

Friday preview: the wait is over

The 2011 Formula One season officially kicks off on Friday in Melbourne – and everyone at Albert Park, from drivers to fans, couldn’t be happier

by Matthew Clayton

Mark Webber was referring to the 24 Formula One drivers here in Melbourne this weekend, but he may as well have been speaking for the rest of us. “We now just want to get into it,” said Webber on Thursday, and finally, 130 days after the finale to last season in Abu Dhabi, the 2011 Formula One season will kick off on Friday at Albert Park.

Team Talk - Mercedes GP

Mercedes

Constructors’ championship 2010: 4th

Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn admitted his team was a second off the front-running pace of Red Bull and Ferrari heading into the last test of the off-season, so eyebrows were raised when Michael Schumacher took the heavily-revised MGP W02 to the top of the Barcelona timesheets two weeks ago.

Nailing the perfect lap

Want to know where best to see an F1 car in full flight at Albert Park? Mark Webber gives us the inside line

by Matthew Clayton

Whether you’re a first-time fan or a regular visitor to the Australian Grand Prix, there’s nothing like a little inside knowledge to make your viewing experience more memorable.

Here’s our guide to the best of the 16-turn, 5.303km street circuit that will host the opening Grand Prix of 2011 – and a look at what the drivers experience thanks to Aussie star Mark Webber.

Team Talk - Vodafone McLaren

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Constructors’ championship 2010: 2nd  

It seems hard to believe, but McLaren have not won the constructors’ title since 1998. Initiators of the F-duct which spread through pit lane like a rash last season, they might have been in contention right till the end if Jenson Button had managed to maintain the form that brought him two victories in the first four races.

F1 Practice 1: Webber fires first shot

Red Bull’s Mark Webber leaves it late to top the timesheets in the first practice session for the 2011 F1 season

by Matthew Clayton

Mark Webber has started the preparations for his home race in the best possible style, topping the timesheets in first practice at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix on Friday.

The 34-year-old Australian recorded his personal best of 1min 26.831secs on his 20th and final lap of the 90-minute session, beating teammate and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel by 0.327secs.

Team Talk - Ferrari

Ferrari 

Constructors' Championship 2010: 3rd

Last season ended ignominiously for the scarlet Scuderia, which cost chief race engineer Australian Chris Dyer his job following a strategic failure at the final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where Fernando Alonso's bid for a maiden title with Ferrari perished as he scrabbled in midfield.

Dyer's place has been filled by the recruitment of former Red Bull strategy man Neil Martin from champions Red Bull and former McLaren expert Pat Fry.

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